Monta is a Kansas City combo led by the brothers Dedric and Delaney Moore. Dedric's pulsing, melodic bass and Delaney's artfully unhinged synthesizers frame the band's central character, which is fleshed out by a talented cast of musicians and collaborators.
On our moon, there is a mountain. Its peak is always touched by the sun and bathed in sunlight. This is the Peak of Eternal Light, the inspiration for the latest album from Monta At Odds. The Kansas City combo tumbles enthusiastically into this high-concept, delivering an album that expands the boundaries of their experimental, post-punk sonic aura.
The brothers Dedric and Delaney have led Monta At Odds for twenty years, witnessing mighty shifts in the musical landscape alongside the band's changes in membership and sound. Monta At Odds has developed into an expanded collective, tapping into the abundance of talent in Kansas City's art-rock scene for energetic live shows and psychedelic studio recordings. Peak Of Eternal Light brings this evolving unit back together, including a few new players and collaborations.
The album was recorded both before and during the pandemic 'lockdown,' adding feelings of grit, assemblage, and uncertainty to the final result. But on the sunlit peak, there is hope, and its lunar shadow transmits messages that guided Monta At Odds through its seventh long-player. From the album’s shadowy opening notes, the mission is clear. These songs are about transcending our present time in a quest for a better place.
The dreamy "Other Side of Yesterday," featuring vocals by Taryn Blake Miller (Domino Records artist Your Friend), captures this idea of letting go of nostalgia, no matter how blissful, for something new. "When The Stars Grow Old" seconds the feeling, allowing electronics and processed voices to signal a future path. These synthetic moments nearly take over on "Hands Trace the Miles," a transportive song that questions the meaning of boundaries and ownership in a new age. Further evidence: the luminous pulsations of “Grey Skies Calling,” the post-punk fireworks of “New Dimensions,” and the title track’s synth-kosmiche hyperreality.
These are only a few highlights among the ten songs found on Peak of Eternal Light. This is Monta At Odds at their most organic and exploratory, and, as long as a lunar beacon offers promise, the band will continue to climb to new heights.